Below are pictures of the author
in 1956 as a member of the 69th Fighter Bomber Squadron at Osan Air Base
in Korea. These are his words. "I loved being a fighter pilot and dreamed
of being involved in some great air war operation and pitting my skills
against the enemy, but fate has a way of adjusting our lives. The closest
I got was flying close air support missions in Vietnam, but I loved that
also. I was living my dreams. It wasn't the conflict, but I loved flying
and its challenges in all of its many forms and in any aircraft. The years
flew by, many thousands of hours accumulated, and eventually the greatest
love and the greatest challenge before me was to become a really good flight
instructor. The last twenty years of my life have been concentrated on
learning and perfecting the art, or maybe science, of flight instruction.
I have taken the experiences and lessons learned over my fifty years of
flying and tried to integrate them into a more effective method of instruction.
Your dreams may be as an airline pilot, or a bush pilot, or any other kind
of pilot, but as you pass the portals of being a student, a private pilot,
and especially a flight instructor, be the very best you can be.
That is what this book is about. May you always fly with a tail wind and
may all of your dreams come true."